Sioux Falls, S.D. – No. 1 seed Indiana Wesleyan used a 15-2 run late in the first half to upend No. 4 IU Southeast (Ind.) 85-72 in a second-round match-up at the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship.
The Wildcats will now play in their fifth straight quarterfinals, and nine of the last 11, all under the direction of head coach Greg Tonagel.
Freshman phenom Kyle Mangas scored 17 points and 6’10” bigman Evan Maxwell accounted for 17 points and eight rebounds.
Down by as many as many as nine, Indiana Wesleyan cut the deficit to five and then scored 11 straight points, led by Mangas, on way to a 15-2 run to take the lead for good, 35-29 with 3:30 left in first half.
Indiana Wesleyan led by seven at the break and after IU Southeast made it four-point game to start the second half, the Wildcats answered with an 11-0 run to take full control. IWU led by double digits the rest of the way, pushing the lead to as much as 20.
The Wildcats overcame a tough shooting night from the perimeter (25%) but had a big edge at the free throw line, making 26 compared to 13 by IU Southeast. Jacob Johnson (15) and Ben Carlson (10) were also in double figures.
IU Southeast, playing with out leading scorer Jamie Johnson, was led by Joe Jackson with 13 points and David Burton registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Grenadiers end the season with a 24-8 record.
Indiana Wesleyan advances with a 27-7 record and will play either No. 2 Morningside (Iowa) or No. 3 Warner Pacifice (Ore.) in Saturday’s quarterfinal at 6pm.